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Russia plan squad purge for World Cup

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Russian doping scandal could harm sports minister Mutko

Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister
Vitaly Mutko is Russia's top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

GENEVA -- The fallout from Russia's state-backed cheating at the Sochi Olympics could add pressure on Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who also is the country's top official at FIFA and head of the local organizing committee for the 2018 World Cup.

His status was unclear on Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said all officials directly implicated in a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry report will be suspended.

The alleged conspiracy to ensure doped Russian athletes helped their nation win...

Russia president Vladimir Putin orders faster stadium construction

St Petersburg Stadium
The stadium in St Petersburg has been in construction for almost a decade.

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered officials in St. Petersburg to speed up construction of a trouble-plagued stadium, which is scheduled to host matches during the 2018 World Cup, including a semifinal.

In a decree published Monday on the Kremlin's website, Putin said the stadium -- provisionally named Zenit Arena -- and other infrastructure must be built on time.

The stadium in Russia's second-largest city has been in construction for almost a decade, and St. Petersburg City...

Russian hooligans plan to cause 'significant fear' at World Cup - report

A Russian Cup match between Shinnik Yaroslavl and Spartak Moscow had to be halted for around half an hour after crowd disorder amongst fans

LYON, France -- Russian hooligan groups are planning to cause "significant fear" at the 2018 World Cup following violent attacks and racist behavior at the European Championship, anti-discrimination organisation the Fare Network has warned.

In a report analysing cases of racism and discrimination at Euro 2016, the UEFA-affiliated Fare Network says fans of eight of the 24 teams at the tournament, including England, were involved in discriminatory incidents in and around stadiums.

The incidents range...

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Russia's Aleksandr Kokorin right to apologise for party incident - RFS chief

Aleksandr Kokorin was seen in footage at a party in Monaco after Russia's Euro 2016 exit.

Russian Sports Minister and President of the Russian Football Union (RFS) Vitaly Mutko says Aleksandr Kokorin was right to apologise after attending a party with Pavel Mamaev following the national team's group-stage exit from Euro 2016.

Video footage online appeared to show Kokorin and Mamaev in a Monaco nightclub, with waiters carrying dozens of bottles of champagne as the Russian anthem played.

Kokorin's side Zenit St Petersburg and Mamaev's team FC Krasnodar said the players would be fined and...

Russia planning to clear out top players ahead of 2018 World Cup

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky appeared to announce his resignation "I think after a type of tournament like this you need someone else to take charge of the national side for significant major competitions".

PARIS -- The Russian Football Union says a clearout of top national team players is planned ahead of the World Cup amid worries they lack the desire to represent the country.

Russia was last in its Euro 2016 group with losses to Slovakia and Wales and a draw with England, prompting fears of a similar failure as host nation at the World Cup in 2018.

RFU president Vitaly Mutko, who is also Russia's sports minister, says there will be a "renewed team" in the coming months.

Mutko adds "maybe a [new...